Shoushan stone is named after its place of origin, Shou Mountain in southeast China. Made from a crystal of aluminum and silicon, there exists more than 200 varieties. The most valuable ones have fine smooth texture and magnificent colors. Shoushan stone carving came into being sixteen hundred years ago, and now fills a unique niche among precious stones.
I saw firsthand what the stones could turn into treasure in the hands of a skilled handicraft master, when I visited the Shoushan carving studio in Baigong Handicraft Museum. A showcase lined up numerous types of seals made of Shoushan stone. They were in white, red, and yellow, with a unicorn or one of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals carved on top.
You could choose to have your name engraved on the bottom of a seal. Then pick up the finished product the next day. Each seal cost RMB 300 to 500.
There are other items offered in the shop. A velvet showcase, for example, housed small, lovely boxwood sculptures in the shape of mystic and real animals. Each elaborately carved, and cost RMB 100.
What I appreciated
Shoushan stone seals with Chinese zodiac animals
What customers appreciate
Unique Chinese Shoushan stone seals
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